Jaime Rangel helps Gustavo Ruiz, 12, align a tire on his bike, at a recent community event in southeast Fresno, Calif. As manager for Bici Projects, Rangel promotes cycling in the Latino community as a great way to get in shape. Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED hide caption

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Can Extreme Exercise Hurt Your Heart? Swim The Pacific To Find Out

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Lower-back pain is one of the top three reasons that Americans go to the doctor. But the solution can be a DIY project. iStockphoto hide caption

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Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain

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Say Yes To Down Dog: More Yoga Poses Are Safe During Pregnancy

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

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In the current version of the Fitnet App, the camera of an exerciser's smartphone captures data from him (upper left), while a prerecorded trainer guides him through a workout. A clock (bottom center) shows elapsed time. The orange dots (upper left) indicate he's following her routine well, as judged by the camera and phone's app. The app can also estimate the exerciser's number of steps. Courtesy of FitNet hide caption

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Even golfers using a motorized cart can burn about 1,300 calories and walk 2 miles when playing 18 holes. Halfdark/fstop/Corbis hide caption

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Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart

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Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

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In a FIT zone at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto, Calif., friends from the neighborhood now gather regularly to play volleyball. Jeremy Raff/KQED hide caption

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Sure, Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

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Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross pulls on compression sleeves before a 400-meter race at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul in 2012. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

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Greg O'Brien gathers his thoughts before a run in 2013. "Running is essential," he says. Michael Strong/Living With Alzheimers hide caption

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One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

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Coss Marte started selling drugs at age 13 and by 19, he says, he was making $2 million a year. After serving a prison sentence, he founded a "prison style" fitness boot camp. Justin Fennert/Courtesy of Behind the Stache hide caption

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From Jail Cell To Studio: Drug Dealer Becomes Personal Trainer

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Joyce Powell, 80, attends an exercise class at UT-Arlington with her husband, Thomas (right). Powell says she feels more confident in getting around and traveling since taking the classes. Dane Walters/KERA hide caption

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Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life

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